Having been to the doctors repeatedly in the last 18 months to question him as to why my infant school child has armpits that could literally be bottled as chemical warfare (trust me I have 3 older kids all the way up to 17 and my youngest has pits that could knock you out before you entered the house) and been sent away with various palm-me-offs varying from not washing her properly, to not drying her properly to not using the right soap for her skin type etc. I finally found a female doctor who confirmed my other worst fear that she is indeed developing boobs already, that I'm not imagining the dandruff or greasy hair or spots or growth spurt (so am soooo angry with the first doctor for treating me as in an incompetent waste of time) and that she's probably got precocious puberty. We're off to see a professor at Great Ormand Street in 2 weeks time BUT.... from what I've read they can't turn anything back, only prevent further developments (like periods which if she follows her older sisters are not that far off). So the stinky pits are here to stay! What do I use that is healthy but stops her being called smelly by her class mates (they're already sniggering at her boobs - she was the only angel in the Nativity play with boobs ).
Cherrycrumblecustard, sorry, I tend towards flippancy, when really emotionally upset or scared. Actually I'm a mix of stunningly angry, and v scared since it doesn't feel that long ago that I would have stated that she was reliably clean (I.e. Fully toilet trained) and the idea of having to help her come to terms with all that periods bring with them both physically and mentally is mind blowing. Of course my dh helpfully asked why they would be an issue and remained with that view until I told him he would have to share the responsibility of going in at least twice a day to help her change her pads because the school certainly wouldn't do it. But I'm being flippant again I know. But it's breaking my heart that her body wants to grow up so fast whilst her brain merely wants to float around as queen Elsa.
As for ideas, thanks ladies off to investigate - but should I worry that anti-persirants block the skin? Will that cause issues later on?
If you are worried about anti perspirant blocking the skin you could always try deodorant first and see if that makes a difference, and move to something stronger if it doesn't.
You can get deodorants which contain Alum which works to stop the bacteria smelling rather than blocking the smell. Sanex do a version, or look in somewhere like Holland and Barratt or on the Naturisimo website.
I hope your appointment at GOSH goes well. As you say they can slow down puberty if necessary. It's important to monitor growth potential such as by checking bone age. You might find it helpful to contact the Child Growth Foundation for more advice on precocious puberty.